This is another excerpt from Bill Warner’s book Abridged Koran where the verses of Koran are arranged in their chronological order and provided with facts from prophet Muhammad’s life, giving context for them.
CHAPTER 5 STRUGGLES (continued)
A story teller boasted that he could tell better old stories and would tell them in competition with Mohammed. But the story teller was an unbeliever and the Koran condemned him, as well as all unbelievers.
31:6 There are men who engage in idle tales [A Persian story-teller in Mecca said that his stories were better than Mohammed’s] without knowing, and they mislead others from the way of Allah and turn it to scorn. There will be a shameful punishment for them. When Our signs are revealed to him, he turns away in arrogance as if he had not heard them, as though there were deafness in his ears. Give him tidings of a terrible punishment. Those who will believe and do good works, will enjoy the Gardens of Bliss, where they will abide forever. It is Allah’s true promise, and He is mighty and wise.
31:10 He created the heavens without pillars that can be seen and put mountains firmly on the earth so that they would not move. He scattered over it animals of every sort. He sent down rain from the heavens and caused every kind of noble plant to grow. This is the creation of Allah. Now show me what others beside Him have created. The wrongdoers are in obvious error.
42:35 Those who argue about Our signs should know that there will be no escape for them. Whatever you receive is but a passing comfort for this life. What is better with Allah and more enduring for those who believe and put their trust in their Lord is to avoid greater crimes and shameful deeds, and when they are angered, forgive.
42:38 Those who listen to their Lord and observe regular prayer are those whose affairs are guided by mutual counsel, who spend from what We have given them, and who, when a wrong is done them, defend themselves.
Let the punishment for evil be equal to the evil, but he who forgives and is reconciled will be rewarded by Allah himself for He does not love those who act unjustly.
42:41 Whoever defends himself after being wronged will bear no blame against him. The blame is only against those who unjustly wrong others and rebel on earth disregarding justice. These will have a grievous punishment. Whoever bears wrongs and is patient and forgiving shows courage in their acts.
42:44 Whomever Allah sends astray will no longer have a protector. And you will see the wrongdoers when they see the doom saying, “Is there any way to return?” And you will see them brought before the Fire made humble by disgrace, and looking with stealthy glances. The believers will say, “Truly, they are losers who have lost themselves and their families on Resurrection Day. Now the wrongdoers will be in lasting torment.” They have no protectors other than Allah, and there is no road for him whom Allah causes to err.
42:47 Listen to your Lord before the day comes when you cannot turn back. You will have no refuge on that day, nor will you be able to deny your sins. 42:48 If they turn aside from your [Mohammed’s] message, We have not sent you to guard over them. Your duty is only to deliver the message. When we cause man to taste Our gifts of mercy, he will rejoice in it, but if evil afflicts him for deeds he has done, then man is ungrateful.